Moodle and SCORM Export?

I've been looking for a way to export a Moodle course in a format that can be ingested in another standards-compliant LMS. The obvious choices are SCORM or IMS-CP. But, neither are supported as export formats from Moodle. Moodle happily ingests those formats, acting to absorb content into what then becomes an inescapable pit of quicksand. It's a one-way trip. Content can check in, but it can never leave. If Blackboard did that, there would be villagers marching in the streets with torches in hand....

March 7, 2008 · 1 min

Simplifying Moodle's Navigation

We've been using Moodle to build a bunch of courses for our local health region, and it's been technically working pretty well. Some of the feedback we've received about the UI has been less than stellar. For geeks and techies, it's not too bad, but non-technical students get lost easily. Much of the complexity can be managed, but I've been struggling with how to simplify the intra-course navigation system. By default, Moodle gives a previous/JumpTo....

October 2, 2007 · 2 min

SCoPE Seminar: Blogging to enhance learning experiences

Sylvia mentioned this in an email discussion putting some ideas together for the Northern Voice Social Software for Learning Environments session we're wrangling, and I promptly forgot to check it out. Oops. Anyway, she's coordinating an online seminar through SCoPE titled "Blogging to enhance learning experiences" - it's a moodle community with a fair amount of activity (and many familiar faces). It runs from February 12-25, so it's already under way....

February 15, 2007 · 1 min

Spam Blocking Redux

During this latest sustained spam attack, this blog has been a little less responsive than I'd like. I'm thinking it's related to Akismet's need to talk to the mothership to verify each comment. As an experiment, I've switched back to Spam.module, disabling Bad Behavior and Akismet. It's a bit of a risk, switching spam blocking strategies in mid-attack, but whatever. That's what backups and phpMyAdmin are for. Already, the site feels slightly less unresponsive....

November 4, 2006 · 3 min

OpenAcademic.org - blending Moodle, Drupal, Mediawiki, Elgg

I must have blinked when this was announced, but OpenAcademic.org sounds like a perfect scenario. Development efforts to integrate some of the biggest open source tools used in online education. It sounds like the goal is to come up with a way for Drupal, Elgg, Mediawiki and Moodle to all play nicely together, in such a way as to be easily deployable and maintainable by even the smallest school. Rather than attempting to build The One True LMS, they're taking the approach of playing to the strengths of the available tools, and putting the effort into integration....

September 9, 2006 · 2 min

Moodle vs Sakai: FIGHT!

Zack Rosen just posted a comparison of Moodle and Sakai, based on some available online web- and project metrics (not an evaluation of the software itself). The comparison reads like something written by a Moodle supporter, intending to show how viable it is when compared with Sakai. It is viable, but language like "All signs point strongly towards Moodle kicking Sakai's butt and to the Mellon Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Sakai Partners wasting $6....

February 6, 2006 · 2 min

More playing with Moodle

I spent about 2 minutes playing with Moodle today, in response to a question from Gord about how to add resources to a course. He started adding a resource yesterday, but wasn't sure how to finish the process (it was a website link, and he wasn't sure which fields were mandatory and which were optional). So I log in with the temporarily-shared administrative account, navigate to the course, and open the "...

January 13, 2006 · 1 min

Playing with Moodle

Moodle. It's fun to say, and fun to play around with. I've spent a good part of the day playing with Moodle to set it up for use on a project. Well, that's a lie. I spent maybe 10 minutes to set it up, and the rest of the time messing around with modules, themes, courses, lessons and activities to see what it can do. In my early experimentation, it seems like an amazing and flexible LMS....

January 10, 2006 · 1 min